I HAVE three distinct personal memories of Nelson Mandela that I hope adds a little light to an understanding of politics.
IF S.H. Alattas' latest book is to be the indicator, this year's Umno general assembly would be a surprisingly tame affair. The non-conformist, no-nonsense, feared and hated one-man demolition team, S.H. Alattas (also known as Pak Habib or Nujum Pak Belalang) would normally come out with a book more controversial than the last.
NELSON Mandela, the man who fought apartheid and won, the first democratically elected president of South Africa, has breathed his last and with that, the resulting loss is felt, not only by his nation, but the world over. It was not charisma alone that nurtured an enduring loyalty to him amongst the black South African population; it was his untiring crusade for the cause of the underdog that is behind the present outpouring of grief. After being in a state of perpetual prayer for his recovery since his hospitalisation earlier this month, the country is now in a state of mourning for this irreplaceable icon of peace worldwide. Viewed as a giant, he held no grudges for the prolonged cruelty he suffered during decades of imprisonment and maintained that peace for all was the post-apartheid solution. He was truly deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize.
SITI Aishah Abdul Wahab, the innocent girl who left Malaysia 40 years ago on a government scholarship to study in London, but became an ardent believer and follower of Maoist ideology, should not be treated as a superstar.
I FIND it difficult to accept the argument that increasing the salaries of civil servants, legislators (assemblymen) and state executive councillors is an effective measure to prevent lawmakers and enforcement officers from succumbing to the temptation to accept bribes, in order to augment their salaries.
NEW fares for budget taxis are expected to be announced early next year. The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) had been methodical in conducting the fare review.
MADIBA left us for good yesterday in dignified tranquillity, the passing of South Africa's greatest soul at 95 soon sparked a global mourning as much as it commemorates his seminal life, first in slaying the evil beast of apartheid and then forgiving his Afrikaner jailers and tormentors.
ACCIDENTS and deaths on the road have become one of the biggest problems in the country. Despite awareness campaigns and numerous warning signs, if the essence of our drivers' attitude does not change, all efforts will be meaningless.
RESULTING from the uproar over Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur's (DBKL) revaluation exercise, it is essential to understand how property assessments are done.
I SEE government-linked companies (GLCs) as partners and saviours of the people. These companies must strive to solve people's problems. Sadly, for many, the opposite is true.
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Umno's transformation must accommodate the new politics of moderation